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My place is a mess! Any other "Hoarders" out there?
October 27, 2006
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My office is just a mess - so much so that I don't know where to start to begin to clean up and it is depressing the hell out of me!

I shy away from throwing anything on the hopes that I might need it someday.......

Any tips???

Thanks!

October 27, 2006
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Me too. But after 3 years I finally went through everything and threw it away. It felt good just to get rid of it all. But can't think of how to keep it organized...sorry.

October 27, 2006
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Well, I am getting out a garbage bag...and will attempt... whew - nervous about it...like I am throwing a piece of myself away.

But I do remember a recent episode on the Dr. Keith Ablow show that said: "We are NOT our STUFF!!!!"

Guess I will have to keep this in mind - but damn...it just ain't easy....

October 27, 2006
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That is a pretty profound statement by Dr. Ablow...it makes perfect sense...holding on, not letting go. There seems to be meaning in everything these days!! Don't know if that is good or not so good!

October 27, 2006
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Right now, I am in the process of downsizing from a three-story house to a small, 2 bedroom apartment. Had the Hugest Garage Sale ever conducted two weeks ago. I have emptied out all the rooms, except the living room, dining room and my bedroom. Oh and I left two beds and two dressers upstairs in two of the bedrooms.

This is MAJOR for me, as I have always held onto stuff. I can't even begin to tell you how much I decided to part with. Old photos, mementos, cards, gifts from old friends, tons of kitchen stuff, tools, books, Christmas and other Holiday decorations...IT ALL WENT. Most of the closets are empty. Imagine.

It was hard at first, but now I feel pretty good about it. I was loaded with STUFF. Heck, I can remember fitting everything I owned into a VW beetle when I was young. It was definitely time to unload. Who needs 7 television sets? 3 VHS players? 5 DVD players? THREE Christmas trees? 2 lawn mowers? and about 50K books?

They are all gone. And I sleep better at night. Less to clean, too.

October 27, 2006
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Truth,

I so know what you mean!!!

My office was a disaster. I started with cleaning out a drawer a week in my desk, then I went to the top of my desk. After that it was the lateral file. After that it was the bookcase. I'm back in the drawers again, but it's raining anyway.

I had a friend who hired a professional organizer. I saw the price and stuck with my plan!!

Love,
Cyndra

October 27, 2006
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I was the queen of hoarding.

In the past three months I have tossed at a minimum, 100 green trash bags of papers, not to mention, at least 50 bags of mementos, photos, cards, etc.

Now that it is all gone I do not miss one thing. I feel freer and lighter.

Read the book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. I think the author was right about emotional attachments to things. I have read and re-read that book about 20 times. It motivated me to see that the old fusty stuff had to be gotten rid of to make room for new things in my life.

This is the happiest I have ever been in my entire life. I enjoy the space and continually tell myself that physical space is mental space.

I would worry about all of my things and had the intention to sort, categorize and file all of my papers. What a waste of time. It was easier to toss it all.

Honestly, I thought if I die, someone certainly wasn't going to stuff my coffin with those papers. So why keep them?

People without hoarding tendencies say that you should just toss it all. It is not possible, I had to touch every piece paper, and out of all those papers I ended up with only a 1/2 inch of things that I saved.

You can do it and you will feel wonderful.

LM

October 27, 2006
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For office organization tips try this link: http://www.lifeclever.com/2006.....-and-tidy/

For dealing with the rest of your house, I read about this method: Attack one room at a time. Box all the clutter and things you don't know what to do with and place them elsewhere for the time being. Like the garage, a storage shed, a spare room. You will automatically have a clutter free house if you do this to every room. That alone will make you feel great and will inspire you to want to keep it that way. Then, go to the storage area on a regular basis and deal with only one box at a time or only 10 items at a time, deciding what to do with the contents. That way you are not overwhelmed by having to make a decision about every item in a room all at once.

Right now, I have several stacks of boxes in my garage that I am slowly picking my way through. But my house is nice and tidy and that alone has helped my peace of mind. Just getting it out of sight and out from underfoot does wonders.

October 27, 2006
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The only room thats not clean in my house is in my bedroom and wowee I have cloths that havent fit me in over 3 years old school books its just a mess

October 27, 2006
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Check out http://www.flylady.com

Seriously cool and fun site for help to getting, and staying organzied. Its a break down for those of us not blessed with the organizational genes...lol

I just started it and its fun actually;)

October 27, 2006
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I am another queen of hoarding.

I did not realize this till I moved to another apartment this summer. I was appalled by the number of stuff I have been stocking up on....things like bills, guarantee document, packages and boxes of TV, DVD, PC, Caller ID..., this and that.

Moving to another place is the ideal way to get rid of all the stuff and clutter we don't need or use any more.

Every day, I would sort out whatever I did not need any more.

I've had a pack for things to give away, another for things to sell...and things to simply throw away.

I think the reason we hold on to things is b/c we think we might need them or want to refer to them sometime. For instance, I still have the documents of my pc & they are quite useful.

However, things we're sure we want need to use anymore...we can simply throw them away.

Take some time and go thru the stuff and sort them out. Things to give away, sell, or throw away.

Now, I have less stuff than b4, I have less things to clean...phew. That put a smile on my face. I really have to dust a lot since I live nearby a busy street.

I sold some books which I did not need anymore, throw some recipes and magazines. However, I held on to all those great and awesome books I learned a lot from...and especially my adorable kitty whom I love so much.

I wanted to have garage sale but changed my mind on the last moment.

Happy office cleaning TB!!!

~Ras~

October 29, 2006
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I was listening to a program by Elaine St. James called Simplify Your Life and she says that if people got rid of 50% of their stuff most people would still have too much stuff.

She says just start getting rid of some things and you may have to make a few go-rounds of it but it gets easier each time. If you haven't used something for over a year toss it or give it to people that can use it.

There are garage sales, the Goodwill, even sites where people can pick up things that you list for free. Start with easy things.

She says after another year there may be things that you can let go of that you couldn't the first time.

The key to keeping it clean is to not go out and buy more. Stay away from the mall and sales especially yard sales. She says put things down on a 30 day list and then see if you still really want and will use it. 99% of the time you will find you really don't want it you're just programmed to constantly buy things.

It sounds like pretty good advice. My mother doesn't hoard so I don't know why I am such a pack rat. I know not having it will give such a sense of relief.

October 29, 2006
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I am a total pack rat- my whole family is. I am trying to get more organized- but it is difficult. I have boxes that I packed when I moved in 1994 that I still haven't unpacked and I have lived in 5 states and 9 different houses since then. I just keep moving my junk. But so much if it is stuff I am attached to for so many reasons. When I get rid of it I feel like I am getting rid of that memory. I am getting better about realizing that I will still have memories without having to have the stuff. This time I am more serious than before.

I like the idea of going room by room and boxing up everything that doesn't belong there and moving it to storage, then going through storage one box at a time. I think I will try that.

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